Archive for 2012 Presidential Primary

House Ethics Committee extends Michele Bachmann probe



Tsk Tsk. Nice Christian lady like her embroiled in a mess like this? Whouldathunk?

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it will extend its probe of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 White House bid, although it gave no timetable for a resolution of the long-standing case.

The decision came with the release of 430-pages of investigative materials from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which found “substantial reason” to believe Bachmann’s campaign violated campaign finance laws and rules barring the use of campaign staff to promote her book, “Core of Conviction.”

The OCE report is the first by any of the half-dozen federal and state agencies investigating Bachmann's campaign that offers an official window into the nature and the scope of the allegations arising from Bachmann’s topsy-turvy White House bid.

While deciding to pursue the Bachmann case further, the Ethics Committee leaves the four-term congresswoman somewhat in an ethical limbo: The committee chose not to dismiss the case against her; nor did it immediately impanel a subcommittee to conduct hearings into the case.

Cartoon by Steve Sack


Inventor of Etch A Sketch dies in France at 86, Mitt Romney Inconsolable



Farewell, you brought much joy into the Democrats hearts! Added- Just heard from my "sources"** that Mitt is just riding up and down in his car elevator, swigging buttermilk and sobbing softly.

BRYAN, Ohio — Andre Cassagnes, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France, the toy's maker said.

Cassagnes died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, said the Ohio Art Co., based in Bryan in northwest Ohio. The cause wasn't disclosed Saturday.


Then an electrical technician, Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late 1950s when he peeled a translucent decal from a light switch plate and found pencil mark images transferred to the opposite face, the Toy Industry Association said.

Ohio Art saw his idea at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1959. The toy, with its gray screen, red frame and two white knobs that are twisted back and forth to create drawings, was launched in 1960 and became the top seller that holiday season. More than 100 million have been sold worldwide since.

Though passed over in popularity for video games and gadgets, the toy has a steady market, the company has said. It got a big jump in sales after Etch A Sketch was featured in the first two "Toy Story" movies, and Ohio Art capitalized on a much-publicized gaffe by a Mitt Romney aide during last year's presidential election, who was asked about his candidate's views during the primary season versus the general election.

"Sources" just equate to the voices in my head, but hey, at least I'm honest about it!


Hiding Something? Michele Bachmann Refuses To Pay Campaign Staffers



You better start appealing to the gods Michele, 'cause unpaid staffers write books and tell tales.

Congresswoman and unsuccessful presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who has already complained this year of the “spending problem in Washington,” appears to have a spending problem of her own. A former staffer claims the Minnesota Republican is refusing to pay him and four other staffers for their work on the Iowa caucuses.

“I haven’t any idea, and I say that with great candor and humility, as to why Michele chooses not to pay a handful of staff,” said Peter Waldron, a consultant in charge of Christian outreach.

The money at stake is about $5,000, owed to the campaign staffers who were under the impression they would receive work for the final month they spent in Iowa cleaning up Bachmann’s campaign office.


This time around, however, Bachmann apparently has more than $2 million in her campaign account, but is withholding the $5,000 Waldron says because he and four other staffers have refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would keep them from discussing “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they saw during the campaign.

Waldron says he decided to “go public” with his side of the story after a full year of “broken promises” by Bachmann’s finance chairman, Steven Pollack. He believes he and the other staffers are being punished for participating in a criminal investigation related to Bachmann’s alleged misuse of an email list.


Secret VIDEO-- Rick Santorum: Fighting same-sex marriage more important than outlawing abortion


(Credit: Reuters/Brian Losness)

Wait, so according to Rick Santorum, preventing and condemning another from loving someone, caring deeply for someone, having a legal, monogamous, life-long relationship with the person of their choice is now more important than all that passionate "pro-life", "baby killer" talk?

Man on Dog” Santorum's priority is no longer the irrational love of zygotes? Who'd a thunk it? He's now placing the fight against love between two consenting adults over his obsession with women's reproductive rights.

That's right, he's suddenly more focused on men's private parts than women's.

Via Salon, where there are more details, here he at a closed-door Spokane fundraiser for the Family Policy Institute of Washington:

SF Gate:

“The movement you are fighting is the most important movement to win,” Santorum added.  He said it is even more important that the movement to block abortion in America.  He warned that marriage will “disintegrate” along with the American family if same-sex marriage becomes legal.

“This issue will destroy and undermine the church in American more than any other movement,” said Santorum.


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